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Essential Navigation
Day Skipper
Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster
Ocean Yachtmaster

One Day Courses
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Diesel Engine
First Aid
Survival at Sea
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Examination Preparation




Shorebased RYA Day Skipper

The shorebased RYA Day Skipper course provides a recommended precursor to the practical RYA course afloat.  RYA shorebased instruction for Day, Coastal Skipper and Ocean Yachtmaster are offered as either 5 or 6 day  intensive courses: 3 two day or 2 three weekday or  weekends; 5 or 6 single day sessions, 12 four hour sessions or 24 two hourly evenings. These are made up to the requirements of the client.

The course caters for beginners to sailing and motor cruising and those with a little experience who wish to follow the preliminary shorebased syllabus of the Royal Yachting Association.  No previous knowledge is assumed.  The course will cover some basic seamanship ( nautical terminology and the rudiments of personal safety) with a comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation and meteorology.  It is the right course for beginners to motor cruising and sailing whilst providing a sound basis from which to progress to the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster course.  It is ideal for sailing spouses who have decided that it is not much fun being taken to sea as a passenger and want to play a more active part in the sailing and navigation. 

“It is the right course for beginners”

Homework and Examinations :-

There are two papers of one and a half hours at the end of the course, one on general subjects and one on chartwork and tidal heights.  The student is required to demonstrate a knowledge of the subjects studied and an understanding of the basic principles of seamanship and navigation.

COSTS include RYA materials

Day Skipper Syllabus Shorebased

Nautical terms.  Parts of a boat and hull.. General nautical terminology.  Ropework.  Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use.  Anchorwork.  Characteristics of different types of anchor. Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring.  Safety.  Knowledge of the safety equipment to be carried, it's stowage and use (see RYA Boat Safety Handbook, C8).

Fire precautions and fire fighting. Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejackets. Ability to send a distress signal by VHF radiotelephone. Basic knowledge of rescue procedures including helicopter rescue.  International regulations for preventing collisions at sea.  Steering and sailing rules (5, 7,.8, 9,.10 and 12-19). General rules (all other rules).  Definition of position, course and speed.  Latitude and longitude.  Knowledge of standard navigational terms. True bearings and courses. The knot.  Navigational charts and publications.  Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance. Navigational publications in common use. Chart correction.  Navigational drawing instruments.  Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments.  Compass.  Application of variation. Awareness of deviation and its causes . Use of hand-bearing compass.  Chartwork.  Dead reckoning and estimated position including an awareness of leeway. Techniques of visual fixing. Satellite-derived positions. Use of waypoints to fix position. Course to steer.  Tides and tidal streams.  Tidal definitions, levels and datum . Tide tables. Use of Admiralty method of determining tidal height at standard port and awareness of corrections for secondary ports. Use of tidal diamonds and tidal stream atlases for chartwork.  Visual aids to navigation.  Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics.  Meteorology.  Sources of broadcast meteorological information. Knowledge of terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale, and their significance to small craft. Basic knowledge of highs, lows and fronts.  

Passage planning.  Preparation of navigational plan for short coastal passages. Meteorological considerations In planning short coastal passages . Use of waypoints on passage. Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source . Keeping a navigational record.  Navigation in restricted visibility.  Precautions to be taken in, and limitations imposed by, fog.  Pilotage.  Use of sailing directions. Pilotage plans and harbour entry. Use of transits, leading lines and clearing lines . IALA system. of buoyage for Region A.  Marine environment.  Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment